Given a map of your area, could you indicate where the historical family plots, churchyards, and cemeteries reside? MSGIC’s very own Ashley Samonisky could, with her comprehensive map of grave-sites in Dorchester County. After over six months of data collection in the field, she presented her findings at the Robbins Heritage Center in Cambridge this week.
The project began when she was inspired by her grandmother to research her own family history. Starting with local records, and using a combination of USGS markers and GPS, she began to document the locations of grave-sites in the county. However, this proved to be a much larger challenge, since many of the previously recorded sites were grown over, worn down, or in flood zones.